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Language Centre Translation and correction Language Centre Style Guide Punctuation Capitals



Always use capitals for:

1.  The pronoun "I".

I am sorry! I locked myself out, and it was I who rang your doorbell at 5 a.m. this morning!

2.  The first word of a sentence, or of a fragment:

Did you find your key? Or did you have to get another one made?

3.  The days of the week:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The months of the year:

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

4.  The names of languages:

French, Chinese, Urdu, Tagalog, Farsi, Twi

5.  Words that identify nationalities or ethnic groups (Exception: All roads lead to Rome and the Romans, but The type style called roman does not lean like italic type.)

Roman, Roma, Kurd, Iranian, Koori, Aborigine, Native American, Chinese, Sami

6.  Proper names (names or titles that refer to an individual person, place, institution, or event).

my father’s sister and her husband (Aunt Betsy and Uncle Harold)

my dog Pip and my sister Pippa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

the Pope

British Prime Minister David Cameron

Australian President

World Heritage Sites

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

United Nations (UN)

European Parliament

The Olympics

7.  Names of distinctive historical periods.

the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution

8.  The names of festivals and holy days.

Christmas, Easter, Ramadan

9.  Religious terms, including the names of religions and their followers; names or titles of divine beings; titles of certain important figures; names of important events; and names of sacred books.

Bible, Buddha, Buddhism, Buddhist, Christianity, Christian, God, Holy Scripture, Islam, Jesus, Judaism, Mohammed, Muslim, Quran, Koran, Talmud

10.  The titles or names of books, plays, poems, films, magazines, newspapers or pieces of music use capitals for the first word and every significant word (except words such as the, of, and or in, when they do not appear as the first word).

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

The Abbess of Crewe

One Day

Noises Off

11.  The first word of a direct quotation if the quotation is a complete sentence, but not if it is not.

12.  The brand names of manufacturers and their products:

Ford Escort, Sony Walkman, Apple Mac.

Do not use capitals for:

13.  The names of the seasons.

summer, winter, autumn (AE:fall), spring

14.  Names of disciplines and school subjects unless they also happen to be the names of languages:

She's taking exams in history, geography and English.

15.  The word god when it refers to a pagan deity

Other situations:

16.  Roman numerals are usually capitalized; however, small roman numerals are used to number the pages of the front matter in books.


How this book is arranged    vii

Introduction to the topic       ix

Everything else               1

17.  An entire word or phrase can be written in capital letters in order to emphasize it.

ATTENTION: Dogs are not allowed on the grass.

DANGER! High voltage; use caution.


Last modified:15 September 2017 9.00 p.m.